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Two Conventions You Should Attend in Atlanta Forge a Partnership

PRESS RELEASE: DRAGON CON, INC. AND MOMOCON FORGE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Dragon Con, Inc., parent company of the internationally known Dragon Con pop culture convention, and MomoCon LLC, parent of the fastest growing all ages fan convention in the country, have formed an unprecedented strategic partnership to share resources, knowledge and experience to ensure that Atlanta continues to have the strongest fan conventions in the country.

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Importantly, Dragon Con, Inc. will provide MomoCon with back office and administrative support while the current MomoCon leadership, including founders Chris Stuckey and Jessica Merriman, will continue to organize the convention and serve as its co-chairs. Stuckey and Merriman will also take expanded roles with Dragon Con, Inc. and the Dragon Con convention.
Founded in 2005, MomoCon began as an outgrowth of Georgia Tech’s anime club. Its first convention attracted about 700 people to a free event on the school’s campus. Ten years later, MomoCon attracted some 22,000 total attendees (more than 60,000 at the turnstile) to a four-day convention held in the Georgia World Congress Center.

“In today’s competitive convention landscape, having Dragon Con and its founder Pat Henry on our side is an incredible advantage,” Stuckey said. “This partnership gives Jess and I the ability to pursue our vision for MomoCon while continuing to provide our fans with the high quality event they expect from us year after year.”

“We believe deeply in home-grown, well-run fan conventions that bring real value to the community,” said Henry, who was one of several Dragon Con founders in 1986 and serves as the company’s president today. “I am excited to be working with these two enormously creative entrepreneurs. I believe that their leadership will also help keep Dragon Con on the cutting edge of the convention scene.”

MomoCon 2016, which brings together fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics and gaming, will be held May 26 through May 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Dragon Con will celebrate its 30th year as the internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy and gaming convention on Labor Day, September 2 through September 5 at five host hotels and the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. More than 70,000 people from every state in the union plus a few foreign countries attended Dragon Con in 2015.

About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans by fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film,
television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MomoCon
Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to one of the largest conventions in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games. More information about MomoCon is available at www.momocon.com/.

Why You Should Go to Dragon Con in 2016!

As usual, some of the Star Wars Report crew and fellow friends and fans of Star Wars will be attending Dragon Con 2016 this labor day, September 2nd through September 5th! You can purchase your four day pass here!

Dragon Con has been one of my favorite conventions to attend, and is the convention I’ve been to the most by far. So, here are the reasons I’ve attended Dragon Con faithfully since 2011, and why you should go too!

Because you have so much fun with your friends!

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Because you have so much fun with fans!

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Because of the amazing cosplay!

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Because of the wonderful, annual parade!

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Because of the hours upon hours of amazing content across all franchises!

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Because the atmosphere is like a giant, happy party with all your geeky friends!

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Because the dealer’s hall and artist’s gallery have the biggest variety of geeky items to buy that I’ve seen at any convention I’ve been to!

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Because, for Star Wars fans, it’s like coming home to an intimate family setting at the Star Wars track!

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Because no matter how many times you attend Dragon Con, there’s something new!

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Because the Star Wars authors there are the most accessible that I’ve known them to be at any convention I’ve seen them at!

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We still miss you, Aaron, and keep you in our fondest memories.

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Because Dragon Con supports amazing charities!

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Remember, you can get your passes here, and hopefully I’ll see you all there!

~ Bethany Blanton

Star Wars Authors’ Version of The Force Awakens

The “How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” at Dragon Con 2015 was, as the title suggests, about how several Star Wars authors – namely Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Rebecca Moesta, and Kevin J. Anderson (with Paula Rosenberg moderating) – would have written Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To be clear, this wasn’t official in any way; it was simply a group of very experienced writers examining what they would have written, in an off-the-cuff (and sometimes intentionally silly and ridiculously funny) manner.

I was lucky enough to attend the panel and it was, in my opinion, absolutely hilarious! My favorite aspect of this panel was how much fun the authors had with the discussion, how engaged they were, and how they weren’t afraid to be both outlandish and serious at times. It was actually difficult to keep up with their banter sometimes, especially when I was laughing too much to type accurately. (P.S. One of the reasons I love the Star Wars track at Dragon Con is because of how nice the authors are there, and how open and available they are with fans.) Here is the panel, recapped and somewhat abridged.
The authors began with describing how they would open the film.

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Last Day to Purchase $80 4 Day Pass for Dragon Con 2016

Hey everyone!

Today is the last day to purchase Dragon Con 2016 4 day tickets for just $80!
http://store.dragoncon.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26&products_id=848

Remember how fun Dragon Con was this year?

Riley and Peter Mayhew

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Star Wars at the Dragon Con 2015 Parade

Every Labor Day weekend, my family and I pack up the outdoor folding chairs and attend the Saturday morning Dragon Con Parade!  This amazing event brings out tons of Dragon Con cosplayers to march down the streets of downtown Atlanta, Georgia in some of the most elaborate costumes from all types of fantasy and science fiction genres.  We always get there two hours early to get a good spot, especially in the shade.  My kids are always excited to see super-heroes, Harry Potter, crazy animated characters, and the grand finale of Star Wars cosplayers.  Anyone attending can tell that Star Wars is the most popular section of the parade with all spectators giving big cheers and taking lots of pictures of the light and dark side characters marching with the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs.  We even saw characters from The Force Awakens!

Truly, Star Wars rules the parade galaxy, and here are some pictures from this past Dragon Con event!

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~ Bruce Gibson